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‘Smokers should need a licence’: Public health expert’s radical proposal that would cap how many cigarettes you could buy

UK Daily Mail [1]
Nov 16, 2012

It’s a radical proposal that will be welcomed warmly by some and labelled outrageous by others – introducing a ‘smoker’s licence’ to help reduce the damaging effects of tobacco.

The unusual suggestion was made by Professor Simon Chapman from the University of Sydney in Australia in this week’s PLOS Medicine.

Users would have to apply and pay for a mandatory licence in the form of a smartcard that would be shown when buying cigarettes. Dr Chapman said this could discourage teenagers from picking up the habit.

The anti-smoking activist argues the sale of tobacco is currently subject to trivial controls compared to other dangerous products that threaten both public and personal safety.

‘The prolonged use of tobacco causes the death of about half its users, with a billion people this century predicted to die from tobacco caused disease,’ he said.

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